Grab the Windows 8.1 Spring Update from Microsoft servers today

The Windows 8.1 April Update is just around the corner, but should you wish to force through the upgrade early on your machine, you can once again do so thanks to Microsoft publishing the release. Neowin has compiled a list of download links for consumers to access should they wish to make the plunge and see what's new in the next update for the popular desktop operating system.

These updates are reportedly identical the previously leaked MSUs downloaded through a Windows Update registry hack. If you're already rocking the updates and are lucky enough to be on the pre-release, you can safely ignore this article and move along. For everyone else, it's possible to utilize the directly download links below to commence (and subsequently complete) the update process.

Check out download links for x86, x64 and ARM architectures below:

Windows 8.1 x86

Windows 8.1 x64

Windows RT 8.1  ARM

According to Neowin, referencing OEM documentation, the updates must be installed in a particular order. We haven't messed around with different combinations yet, but since the order above worked in previous instances, we recommend you all follow suit. It's worth noting that we expect Microsoft to pull the files at some point, just like what previously occurred. Here's the confirmed order:

  1. KB2919442  (you may already have this installed).
  2. KB2919355 
  3. KB2932046 
  4. KB2937592 
  5. KB2938439 
  6. KB2939087 

We cannot accept any responsibility for your machine to cease working after updating, nor can we be held liable if your computer goes sentient and attempts to communicate with an alien race. Seriously, if you don't fully know what you're doing, we strongly advise you to wait for Microsoft to go official with the update.

Have you made the leap and updated? Let us know how you get on in the comments. Source: Neowin

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.